Photos from Tuesday's set-up of the seventh annual Freedom's Call 2011 that will recognize the contributions of our military veterans, their families and all Americans who support them with a spectacular presentation of flyovers, music, narration and fireworks. The Air Force Materiel Command Tattoo is an annual event hosted by AFMC and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The free show highlights Air Force Airmen and capabilities
Aviation fans cheer as a airplane flies overhead during the seventh annual Freedom's Call Tattoo. The event took place on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and celebrates the contributions of military veterans, their families, friends and supporters. Food booths, kids games, live music and fly-overs were part of the program.
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE
Reduced last year to fireworks because of budget cuts and blown off course and canceled two years ago because of a storm, Freedom’s Call returns Friday to Wright-Patterson with booming pyrotechnic displays and music.
Organizers hope the annual celebration, which has drawn tens of thousands in prior years, may draw 50,000 people on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, said David Egner, director of special operations at Wright-Patterson.
“This is really exciting that we are back to the Freedom’s Call this year,” said Col. Cassie B. Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing commander.
Fireworks on the grounds last year drew about 20,000 people, Egner said.
The event was once known as Freedom’s Call Tattoo.“Tattoo” was dropped from the name because it didn’t really showcase military air power, as those events are known to air forces around the world, according to Barlow.
For this year’s show, a C-17 Globemaster III will fly over, she said.
More than 100 volunteers will help run the festivities. The gates open at 4 p.m. Musical performances are set from the St. Andrew’s Pipes & Drums, This Side Up and the Kate Hasting Band.
At 9 p.m., there will be an oath of enlistment ceremony for military recruits.
The Air Force Band of Flight will perform at 9:15 p.m. Fireworks are set to launch at 10 p.m., according to base spokesman Brian Brackens. K99.1 FM will simulcast music while the fireworks burst.
The grounds will have a children’s play area and food vendors.
Sponsors subsidize the show, but this year’s $35,000 budget has been significantly cut from previous years. Gone will be a giant stage and speakers, among other expenses, Barlow said.
“We recognized that it’s a fiscally restrained environment,” she said.
How to go
Attendees may enter through one of three gates:
Springfield Pike in front of the Air Force museum.
Spinning Road gate at the intersection of Spinning and Airway Road.
Armory Gate on Harshman Road between Springfield Pike and Airway Road.
Attendees also may park in Lot 20 at the Nutter Center at Wright State University where RTA buses will be shuttling between the museum grounds and the university campus every 10 to 15 minutes between 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to organizers.
Wright-Patterson also bans glass bottles, charcoal, gas or hibachi grills; pets or illegal substances, and knives and guns.